Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Enron: The two smartest guys in the room

Pretty neat documentary on how one's sense of morality can be affected by one's environment...

There's some pretty revealing recorded conversations between traders, one of the most famous being "burn baby burn" - referring to fires in California shutting down energy stations, further boosting the price of electricity...

It looked like Enron had a real "cultish" feel about it... very charismatic leaders in Spelling and Lay...very much a "you better buy into our philosophy" kind of workplace...

Recommended.
Permalink Kenny 
January 20th, 2006
> Pretty neat documentary on how one's sense of morality
> can be affected by one's environment...

Or maybe people with that sense of morality were attracted to enron and continued to stay at enron?
Permalink son of parnas 
January 20th, 2006
well, the doc paralleled enron's corporate environment to Stanley Milgram's famous obedience experiments, where subjects were asked to torture people... most people obeyed, even to the point of causing "death" because they were told to do so by an authority figure...
Permalink Kenny 
January 20th, 2006
> because they were told to do so by an authority figure...

Corporate management can only be considered authority figures if that is your mindset from the start.

To others they are just morons who get paid more than you do.
Permalink son of parnas 
January 20th, 2006
You've got me a little confused son of parnas. It appears you are implying that one's morality is unaffected by the morality of those around you. Except for those who *are* actually affected, but they are complete idiots. Is that it?
Permalink ronk! 
January 20th, 2006
When asked by an authority figure people will do terrible things.

Who considers corporate management authority figures?

People who are already predisposed to do terrible things?
Permalink son of parnas 
January 20th, 2006
just watch the damn doc, will ya?
Permalink Kenny 
January 20th, 2006

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